Fletcher-Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., with which Canton-Potsdam Hospital maintains an association, has earned recertification as a Level 1 Trauma Center for adult patients by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
The designation is the highest accreditation given to trauma services, and is granted after a rigorous evaluation by the ACS.
Fletcher Allen is the only Level 1 center in Vermont approved by ACS, and shares this status with just 102 of the 5,000 hospitals in the U.S.
The American College of Surgeons lists on its web site no hospitals in New York State as trauma centers approved by them.
Studies show that being treated at a Level 1 Trauma Center increases a seriously injured patient’s chances of survival by an estimated 20 to 25 percent.
American College of Surgeons’ certification standards require:
• expert care for every aspect of injury from pre-hospital care through rehabilitation
• immediate access to a full range of specialists and equipment 24 hours a day
• treatment areas and operating rooms reserved for trauma cases.
Level 1 centers also have research programs, are leaders in trauma education and injury prevention, and are a referral resource for nearby regions.
Fletcher Allen Health Care provides advanced care as a regional referral center to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York.
Fletcher Allen admits approximately 1,200 trauma patients per year, including critical cases from Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s coverage area. It has been designated a Level 1 Trauma Center since 1994.